Sunday, 11 October 2015

Review - The Lost Girl: A Fear Street Novel Review


I'm sure almost everyone had heard of the bestselling Goosebumps children book series by R.L. Stine, but the younger generation might not be aware of the author's scary series for teens - Fear Street!

The first Fear Street novel, The New Girl, was released in 1989.  It was one of the most popular book series in the 1990s and has sold over 80 million copies since 2003 (probably a lot more by now). After a nine-year hiatus, R.L. Stine published a brand new installment, Party Games, in 2014; followed by Don't Stay Up Late earlier this year. The third new novel was released a few weeks ago and is titled the The Lost Girl!

Just like all the other Fear Street books, this is set in the fictional town of Shadyside. The novel starts out with a prologue that is set in the 1950 and centers on a Beth Palmieri, a teenager that has witch-like powers that were passed down from her grandmother. After being attacked by a boy, Aaron, whom happens to be the nephew of a powerful man - Martin Dooley, her father is murdered. Beth is the only witness, but she mysteriously disappears.

Fast forward to the present day, where the main character, teenager Michael Frost, is introduced. He is your typical teenager that likes hanging out with his friends, Gabe and Diego. Plus, he also writes the Shadyside High blog along with his other friend Pepper, who has a small crush on him.

While doing some grocery shopping for his mother, Michael runs into a teenage girl who looked like she was trying to steal food. The next day at school he meets this strange girl again and she introduces herself as Lizzy Walker. He is instantly enchanted by her and invites her to go on snowmobile ride with his friends. That's when the unthinkable happens - they accidentally hit a man; though the body vanishes without a trace.

Now this man, dead or alive, begins harassing Michael and threatens his friends' lives.

I believe the first Fear Street book that I read was part of the Cheerleader series and I've been a fan ever since. Though the times have changed (electronics etc.), The Lost Girl still has the that Fear Street feel, which is basically a throwback to the old 80s horror flicks where anyone can die at any minute. I hate to admit that the main reveal was very predictable, but it was also fun to read at the same time.



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


1 comment:

  1. I read quiet a few Fear Street books back in the day. Somehow, I knew about these long before I was aware of the Goosebumps series, which just didn't interest me at all at that age. I think I still have them somewhere...

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